Autumn leaves are notoriously boring after the first 12,765,999 of them. That’s like one photo’s worth.

Good photographers (among whom I do not dare count myself) assert that autumn foliage ought to be a tasty side dish like sautéed mushrooms atop some reliable steak. You come for the steak but the side makes it much more tasty and delightful.

I, on the other hand, love colors just for themselves, and autumn colors are my favorites. So if you read the essays here you will be subjected to a certain number of images of sautéed mushrooms by themselves (figure 1).

Figure 1. Sauteed mushrooms by themselves. Photo: author.

But if you’re going to limit yourself to sautéed mushrooms, at least center them on a large, elegant plate and make sure there’s some sauce over them (figure 2).

Figure 2. Sautéed mushrooms with sauce. Photo: author.

One’s guests may well be the type to be fascinated by saucy hallucinogenic psychedelic sautéed hypnoshrooms (figure 3) . . .

Figure 3. Psychedelicized sautéed hypnoshroom. Photo: author.

. . . in which case one ought to turn on the blacklight (figure 4)!

Figure 4. Psychedelicized sautéed hypnoshrooms with blacklight. Photo: author.

If you’re wondering, figures 3 & 4 are the results of elementary tinkering with the tint and white balance settings in Apple’s Photos editor. Figures 1 & 2 were the products of a little more labor.

The featured photo was taken by Cheryl and can be found at Wikimedia Commons sporting a CC-BY-SA 2.0 license. Y’know, sautéed mushrooms are nowhere near as nice as autumn leaves.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Arlington, VA

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